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For this week’s “In the News,” we’re focusing on fat. We at CROPP (Organic Valley) know fat has its benefits, especially like the fat in our whole milk. Here is a breakdown of resources and recent news about the benefits of having fatty foods – good fats, that is – in your diet.

Last month, journalist Peter Whorisky of the Washington Post published the article, “For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong?” In the article Whorisky shares that, “Judging a particular food solely on how much fat it contains…can too easily blind people to its other benefits,” and that “there is no scientific basis for current [U.S. government’s] dietary advice regarding dairy.” He raises multiple flags on the “facts” the government has provided, but he says they have no solid proof of the value behind their statements.

On Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez interviewed Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Dietabout her journey and findings about this misleading topic. Teicholz revealed that over her nine year journey of writing this book and eating “earthy, rich, and textured, delicious” fat-laden dishes, she “magically lost this stubborn ten pounds I had been fighting, and the next time I went to my doctor, he said my cholesterol levels looked great.”

Teicholz and Whorisky revealed that fat isn’t necessarily a bad thing depending on the types of fats you eat. For example, the good fats in dairy products, especially pasture-raised dairy, contain omega 3 and CLA, which are good for brain and heart health and help control inflammation. Whereas bad fats in processed foods do not contain these beneficial nutrients and have high levels of omega 6 that throw your body out of balance.

To wrap up, on “Here and Now” from WBUR, Boston’s NPR affiliate, interviewed Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., cardiologist and epidemiologist, and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, about the dietary guidelines he would give for whole milk. Listen to the 10 minute interview here.

Fat is not as bad as society has always portrayed. The best advice we can give is to always have a balanced diet of real food.